Philippine Star, 03 March 2013
MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino administration, through the Metropolitan Waterworks & Sewerage System (MWSS), is mulling to revive the controversial P85-billion Laiban Dam project through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.
In an announcement, the PPP Center of the Philippines said MWSS is currently formulating plans for the proposed New Centennial Water Source Project (NCWP), a project that involves one or two greenfield dam developments that would further expand Metro Manilaâ€™s water sources.
The NCWS project involves the development of a dam at the Kaliwa River (Laiban Dam), and/or a smaller dam downstream (Kaliwa Low Dam) to maximize water supply, ensure short- and long-term redundancy, and optimize power generation capacities.
â€śAt full completion, the project is targeted to add a capacity of at least 1,800 million liters per day, but this will be achieved in stages as the supply deficit warrants,â€ť the MWSS said.
The state-owned water regulator said the project is likely to comprise the construction of the two dams, the conveyance structure from the diversion point to the water treatment facility and also a hydropower facility.
â€śMWSS is currently researching the viability of the NCWS project. It is considering different contracting modalities, among which (the) PPP (scheme),â€ť it said.
To support MWSS in this endeavor, the PPP Center has appointed RebelGroup in consortium with Allen & Overy, Crisil, PJS Law and Royal Haskoning DHV as transaction advisors for the NCWS project.
As such, MWSS will be holding consultations with interested parties.
â€śThe objective of the interaction will be to better understand potential commercial and technical concerns in the market based on the publicly available information,â€ť the PPP Center said.